The WWE may strike gold through the process of elimination heading to WrestleMania 29.
With the status of The Undertaker still up in the air, John Cena stating he will face the WWE Champion (presumably The Rock), and the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match (set up by Booker T) facing the World Champion, some of the options for matches have already been eliminated.
Yes, the pun was intended.
Kind of makes you wonder what will happen with CM Punk and his attempt to reclaim his WWE Title.
Something tells me the WWE will find a way to put Punk’s quest to regain the title on hold heading into WrestleMania 29. If he does not face The Undertaker in New Jersey, might he face Brock Lesnar as part of a turnabout by Paul Heyman and The Shield?
It would make sense that the former WWE Champion had no idea what was going on behind the scenes with Heyman, Brad Maddox and the “Unholy Trinity” of the Shield so he would distance himself from Heyman and his herd without losing his “heel” status.
We have seen heels face each other and have it become a successful program. With The Rock uncertain to become a regular fixture on Raw or any of the wrestling shows, it makes even more sense to see Punk face Lesnar with Heyman pulling at the marionette strings. Heyman is the Bobby Heenan of this era and the mastermind behind some of the better storylines in the WWE of late. It would be foolish to see this stop at any time soon.
Looking down the road to April, there should be major changes to stories, feuds and outcomes which would change the direction the WWE is moving in right now. The entire card really depends on the “Dead Man” and his health issues. Lesnar presents the WWE with a great opportunity to finally use him in a format that would help get him over even greater than he is now and could show Punk taking on another big man and succeeding. It helps (as I stated Monday) his legacy grow even more.
While Lesnar signed a new contract with the WWE, it does not mean the big man will be an every week performer. The fact he comes back over and over again makes him a great asset to have and forces the fans of the WWE to think twice about him every time they turn on the television.
Punk, by virtue of circumstance, could be the heel we all hate to love in the process.
It may be a little far-fetched, but in reality it could very well play out this way. Wrestling never rests on the easy and the least problematic solution. Injuries, booking and circumstance cause this.
In this case, eliminating Undertaker should he not be able to perform gives the WWE another angle it needs to explore.
It just so happens that this elimination could lead to a boon for the company.